Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Reverse Bucket List

I discovered this concept awhile ago on Pinterest and thought it was worth checking out. I looked at a few blogs and it is pretty much what I thought it would be - not a list of aspirations or things to do, but a list of things you've already done. I did also find some people making lists of things they never want to do.

Since 2015 is drawing to a close and I focused on gratitude in October, I thought this would be a good exercise for myself. I was also reminded of the quote that I have next to my bed (see below) and a recent comment, "it's not the pursuit of happiness, but the creation of happiness".

This isn't meant to be a brag list, but a reminder to myself of the amazing life I've already had. Some things are big and some are small, but they're what came to mind when I created this (they're in no particular order) and they may help you to know me a little bit more. 

We tend to have high expectations for ourselves, yet if you're like me, you forget that you're already pretty great. This fits well with my own insecurities and need for accomplishment (because this is a 'to-do' list that's already done!). Read my list, think what you think, and then perhaps create your own reverse bucket list (nothing is insignificant), before you start making goals for 2016. I decided to aim for 50 as that's what I saw other people doing. 

Reverse Bucket List

1. Have a child/become a mother
2. Receive a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, with distinction 
3. Get married
4. Start a business 
5. Jump out of a plane
6. Backpack around Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama
7. Play pro volleyball in Finland
8. See the Pope's Christmas address live in the Vatican
9. See a NBA game live
10. Ski in the mountains in Canada and the USA
11. Play volleyball for my country
12. Get paid to play sports
13. Eat sushi in Japan
14. Walk through Red Square
15. Go up the Eiffel Tower
16. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
17. Visit the west and east coast of Canada
18. Ride an elephant
19. Own property
20. Go on a Napa/Sonoma wine tour
21. Try surfing
22. Shoot an AK47 and a glock
23. Dip into a lake in the middle of winter
24. Play 5 years for my university volleyball team
25. Swim with dolphins
26. Be debt free
27. Travel to Southeast Asia
28. Butcher a pig
29. Make creme brulee
30. Work a retail job
31. Learn to enjoy running
32. Learn to like wine
33. Rescue a dog
34. Learn to enjoy coffee
35. Inspire others
36. Fly first class
37. Go to an all-inclusive
38. Go across the Golden Gate Bridge
39. Walk through Central Park
40. See a live performance of The Nutcracker Ballet
41. Take a cooking class
42. Fall in love
43. Get a tattoo
44. Witness a Blood Moon
45. Smoke a cigar
46. Learn origami
47. Eat pizza in Italy
48. Learn to play the oboe
49. Be a bridesmaid
50. Receive an art award

...and on and on. 

Be grateful this holiday season,

Steph Langdon, RD